Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kinsman:
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Vintage 2007 Review:
Hops have faded, leaving a syrupy sweet desert beer. Alcohol has subsided in flavor, leaving the malt to come through. Seems to have past its prime at this point, not much of an improvement over a fresh bottle.
Hazy copper colored ale fills the glass under neath an ivory colored head. Decent head retention at about 1 finger thick.
Sweet and syrupy aroma gives off hints of fruits like oranges and even grapes. Toffee and caramel also seem to contribute to the syrup like quality that makes this beer smell like something you'd put on your ice cream.
Taste is again very sweet, as one would expect for this style but there is a much more noticeable hop character. Fruity candy like sweetness at first but this gives way to citrusy and slightly bitter hop profile.
Mouthfeel is hearty and a bit warming for this nice winter evening. Overall, Smuttynose has another quality product with this barleywine. While it's not as hoppy as some American Barleywines (Bigfoot), it's well balanced character make it quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2011 00:25:34 | More by Kinsman
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Small head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles throughout the tasting. The color is dark amber and clear.
Semisweet nose with a nice floral hop balancing presence.
Excellent pale to crystal malt base. There's also an excellent hop counterpoint that creates balance and interest. Creamy, full body but the carbonation fits for this beer. Simply put, this is hoppy barley wine that the masses could enjoy.
Serving type: on-tap
04-13-2014 17:48:17 | More by smcolw
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this pours hazy burnt orangish leaving a small fluffy layer of extremely small bubble foam. I slow pour to avoid a large head. It laces down the side of the glass quite a bit.
smell of rasins, fruit, some spices I can't put my finger on.... floral... yummy!
Taste, to me, is plum, cinnamon, correander, pepper. I've got this thing with pepper, I don't know why I always pick it up... Whenever I'm at a tasting and I say "pepper", everybody looks at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears... ...but I'm picking up a hint of pepper.
Guess what? The alcohol is almost completely hidden!
Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thick, oily, but also creamy.
This is a nice hefty drink. Finish is a bit bitter, asprin like, I dropped the taste from 3.75 to 3.5 because of that aftertaste.
Actually, this is my favorite barleywine that I recall. Nice, balanced, even, no serious edges. As I recall, in my area, it was also less expensive for a bomber than most. I don't recall the price, sorry!
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 00:42:16 | More by karengarys
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Poured from bomber into snifter vigorously to produce a 2 finger off white head with dark ruby red amber body. The color is beautiful and enticing. No lacing, legs galore. Head disappeared and left nothing but a tiny ring that remained throughout.
S - Strong hop aroma, floral, earthy, pepper... the malt notes cut through with a raisin bread character, molasses, burnt sugar, tobacco, more earthiness and a kick of alcohol
T - Very fresh taste, would benefit from aging, a little hot and hop forward... but enjoyable nonetheless. It kicks you with hop bitterness and resolves with a complex malt taste of raisin and molasses with notes of bread, wet tarp, burnt sugar, and just an overall mellow sweetness. It ends with a nice bitter, pungent alcohol and peppery yeast bouquet... this taste lingers.
M - Thick slow sipping, fitting for the style. Alcohol is very warming, more so compared to other examples, again I think this aspect would benefit form aging as well.
O - Fitting for the american barleywine category, at least this sample, though I have had some aged and it really mellows out quite nicely. This is hop forward and hot, but is still very drinkable/enjoyable. Taste was a little less complex than some other examples, but overall a well executed barleywine, I do have at least one of these every year and I will continue the trend.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 02:21:38 | More by MaineBrewing
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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